Although I write a lot about family history, I don’t want to omit the present. I know it’s a truism, but soon enough, the present will be the past. This weekend is a lax weekend. For my oldest daughter. Right now, I am sitting in a parking lot next to Stillwater High School. This is … More Here and Now: STX Weekend
“My Negro Wench Lydia” Not long ago, I learned an ugly truth about slavery in New Jersey and how it persisted so much longer than I ever knew. Unable to change the past, I volunteered to help in the present. I wrote about New Jersey’s slow road to abolition in “The Ugly Truth” — a June 2018 article … More Tracing the Dunham Slaves, Lydia–An Update to The Ugly Truth: Slavery in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
One of my purposes in this endeavor is to share what I learn about my family’s history. I can imagine that someone may, someday, find this history interesting to them too. In order to make it easier to find, here is a list of the surnames I am researching: Marks: Baker Bonham Brecht Calhoun Carpenter Clark Cole Compton … More What’s in a name . . .
Or maybe he is being dragged. He has served on the city council for the last 6 years in our small town of around 350 give or take. Now he is running for Mayor! It is more of a volunteer position, but it is still pretty cool. He will likely win unless people really, really … More So my husband, Scott, is jumping further into politics
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